Derelict: the Conclusion

I don’t know how many of you have stuck this out, but if so, this wraps up my little story. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.   I’ve done fewer weirder things than wear a virtual reality headset in a virtual fighter fighting virtual monsters in a virtual world. Yet it all felt in the moment, real as it gets. As we approached the bridge, we saw the energy beam from the white-robed AI flicker out and […]

Augmented Reality: Where the Money Is

Pokemon Go is the canary in the coal mine. VR may be cool, and may be more immersive, but even primitive augmented reality apps will generate vast sources of revenue. Some might argue that Pokemon Go isn’t “true” augmented reality, but that’s picking its.  So is Pokemon Go a one-off, or a harbinger of things to come? Join Eric Klein, David Bryant, and me in a spirited discussion of whether Pokemon Go will launch a thousand new AR ships, and […]

Analyzing Kickstarted Board Games

I’ve bought into more than my fair share of board games on Kickstarter. I’ve begun to back off on using Kickstarter, except for relatively known companies or developers. Just for kicks, and went back and analyzed the board game Kickstarters I’ve been involved with, to check out who’s delivered, who hasn’t delivered, and how long some of the deliveries took. I’m not discussing the quality of the bits or the gameplay, just how well the companies did when it came […]

Derelict, Part VIII

We last left our protagonist alone, apparently transported by some weird AI religious ritual. But maybe the secrets of the Builders will be uncovered, finally. The wafer that the Coordinator had given me turned out to be a data object which auto-downloaded into the cyberdeck when I cut power. But I had a fundamental problem. The Coordinator had told me I would need one biomass to revive a Builder. I had no idea why, and I couldn’t think of… Then […]

PC Building Tips & Tricks

This week’s podcast focuses on the little things. David Bryant and I talk about tips and tricks for building a new PC, or rebuilding new PC tech into an old chassis. We discuss tools, lighting, and little hints we’ve learned along the way, over many PC builds. We also talk about topics such as build order, dealing with pesky non-standard cables, and how to conduct first POST. Tools Technology trickles down in areas outside of automobiles and mobile phones. Take […]

Derelict, Part VII

Our unnamed protagonist prepares for a journey unlike any other, one of mind rather than body. What will he find inside an alien cybeconstruct? It took quite some time to prepare. The Envoy linked up with the engineering AI built into the giant robot that had fired up the power plant. Together, the assembled shells – sort of a computer version of an EVA suit – for Galen and me. The Engineer prepared a special fiberoptic cable that would link […]

Don’t Call Me a Cyclist

I enjoy riding my road bike. I’ve got an excellent Trek Domane 5.2 carbon fiber road bike. You can find me a few days a week, spinning along the roads in Silicon Valley and up the Peninsula. I even wear spandex cycling gear, which I suppose technically makes me a MAMIL. But I’m not a cyclist. At least, I’m not a cyclist according to some purists. And that’s okay by me. Why am I not a cyclist? I don’t shave […]